Sunday, March 11, 2012

Cheddar Bay Biscuits

I miss eating those cheddar biscuits at Red Lobster. Every now and again if I want to cheat on my meal plan, these biscuits are more enticing to me than dessert. Unfortunately, they are not typically something you can eat just one of. So that can be a problem, particularly when you are not supposed to be eating them at all.

These biscuits are simpler than making regular homemade biscuits because drop biscuits simply require you mixing the ingredients and dropping them on a cookie sheet. No kneading, no you too can make these popular biscuits at home.

Biscuit Making Tips:

Tip #1 - Always use very cold butter, lard or shortening. Cold ingredients will give you a flakier biscuit. You can shred the butter with a grater or just cut it in very small pieces.

Tip #2 - Mix the butter and flour just until it resembles coarse sand. You can do this with a food processor, stand mixer, pastry blender, or your hands. Be careful not to overwork the dough, if you use your hands, or you will warm the butter up.

Tip #3 - Make sure you are using very cold liquids and mix just until moistened for a lighter biscuit.

Tip #4 - Never grease the outside of the biscuit. Add butter after taking them out of the oven.

Tip #5 - Do not overbake the biscuits. Be sure to check the biscuits a few minutes early to see if they are ready to pull out.

Tip #6 - To reheat biscuits, wrap them in foil and place them in the oven (at 350 degrees) for 10 minutes, or until warm.

Cheddar Bay Biscuits

1 3/4 c all-purpose flour
3/4 c yellow cornmeal
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 stick unsalted butter (cold), cubed
2 c sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
5 scallions, finely chopped
1 1/3 c well-shaken buttermilk

Preheat oven to 450°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a food processor, add flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, salt and garlic powder. Add the butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse sand.

Dump contents into a large mixing bowl. Gently toss in scallions and cheese. Hand stir the buttermilk until  just combined.

Drop dough on lined baking sheet at least 2 inches apart. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden. Brush butter on top while warm. Serve.

Damn these were so good. I almost licked the crumbs from the plate. Seriously.

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